For many Iowans, summer means grilling season. For public health workers, this time of year also means the beginning of an increase in foodborne illnesses.
Iowa Department of Public Health (IDPH) Director, Tom Newton, MPP, REHS. ³We know foodborne diseases increase in Iowa as people start to barbeque.
Last year, IDPH reported 80 percent more cases of E. coli O157:H7 between May and September than other months of the year. During the same time period, there were 68 percent more cases of shigellosis, 63 percent more cases of campylobacteriosis, and 35 percent more cases of salmonellosis. All of these illnesses can be caused by food that has been improperly handled or prepared.
Newton urges all Iowans to practice safe food handling practices to ensure that this summer is a healthy one. Helpful tips include: bullet
For more information, including recommended temperatures for other meats and seafood, visit www.foodsafety.gov.